3IGGEST "OFF YEAR" ELECTION
GETS AWAY WITH A BANG!
Balloting started briskly, promptly
at 6 a. m. today, in what was sched
uled to be the biggest "off-year"
election Chicago has ever had. In
spite of the war situation,, hot fights
between the City Hall-Trib'une-Gas-Traction
crowd and the honest alder
men they .are trying to displace
wrought the city to a white heat po
litically. Never before have there been so
many issues. Each party, clique,
ward and newspaper has its object in
view. And the religious bogy is
being shaken about again in some
The scrap for and against good
city government centers about the
7th ward, where backers of Aid.
Charles E. Merriam, rated as one of
the best citizens Chicago has ever
had, are determined to sink the ship
of William Fetzer, Thompson candi
date. The struggle in this ward will at
tract national attention among stu
dents of local civil government be
cause of the attempt to be made to
re-elect Aid. Merriam by asking the i
voters to write in his name, with a '
square and cross in front of it and
the words "For Alderman" above.
The panic in Fetzer headquarters
during the past week has convinced
Merriam backers that their man has
a chance and they are anxious to re
elect him now because of the public
utility fights to be waged by the
council during the next two years.
The scrap is at a fever heat in this
ward because thousands of the best
class of citizens who have never
mixed in ward politics before, beyond
casting their owa ballots, are out
making an active fight for Merriam
because of claims of his close advis
ers that he was robbed of the nomi
nation. The 3d ward, which though nor
mally Republican, has always been
a battleground for Thompson and
anti-Thompson candidates since the 1
City Hall became a factor in politics,
is the scene of a bitter ballot argu
ment in which George Iliff, Demo
crat, opposes Fred Patterson.
A similar mattle is on in the 33d,
where the City Hall displaced Rob't
Buck, anti-public utility man in the
council with its own candidate, Irwin
Hazen. D. I. Jarrett, Democrat, has
the support of all anti-Thompson
Because of the heat of the argu
ment, special efforts to prevent poll
frauds and fights have been made by
County Judge Scully with the aid of
State's Att'y Hoyne, Chief Schuettler
of the police force and the Citizens'
Trouble is being watched for in the
18th, 2dth and 21st wards. In the
"rough-neck',' ward of the city, the
18th, John J. Touhy, independent,
with the backing of the better ele
ment, is trying to stop the march of
Barney Grogan on the City Hall.
MILK PRICES GO UP
The Borden Co. made good their
threat to raise the price of mil to
10 cents yesterday. It is expected
the other companies will "follow the
leader." By the middle of this month
all the bigger concerns will probably
have sent milk prices skyward. The
grand jury, sworn in by Federal
Judge Landis, will keep a watchful
eye on th milk situation.
AUSTRIA MUST BEHAVE
Washington, April 3. Break with
Austria is by no means avoided, ac
cording to general view here today.
Instead, in postponing discussion of
situation Pres. Wilson merely served
notice that unless Austria keeps
hands off in war between United
States and Germany, she too must
come under ban.
Harrisburg, April 3. $77,000,000
merely as an initial step probably
will be appropriated for prepared
ness within next week by Pennsyl
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